Karachi: AJ sets aside acquittal order in extortion case
KARACHI: Administrative Judge (AJ) of the anti–terrorism courts in Karachi set aside an order of the Judicial Magistrate, Central, regarding the acquittal of two men in an extortion case and directed the investigation officer to submit a charge-sheet before ATC–I for trial. The order came on the application the complainant for repayment of his Rs100,000 that he gave the culprits as extortion money and same was recovered from the latter by the police Applicant Mohammad Rameez said Faisal, Noman Khan demanded Rs100,000 as extortion from him in name of Muttahida Qaumi Movement but police arrested them red– handed and recovered the money. However, he said, police did not return the money and the Judicial Magistrate released them.
Investigation officer Zafar Iqbal submitted report stating that the Judicial Magistrate had kept papers with him in respect of present case. He informed the AJ that the concerned Magistrate released the accused but was neither giving copy of order nor returning the paper for submission of charge-sheet before ATC.
Judicial Magistrate filed his comments before AJ Justice Khawaja Naveed Ahmed. The AJ, after perusal of the application, observed that case fell within the ambit of the Anti–Terrorism Act and that the concerned Magistrate should not have decided the application. He warned him to be careful in future.
Transferring the case to ATC-I for disposal, the court also directed trial court to issue process for arrest of the culprits in accordance with law and put them on trial.
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The court rejected the interim charge-sheet submitted by the IO as it did not provide complete details.
Earlier, the interim charge-sheet of two of the accused – Amir Hamza and Umer Farooq Awan – was submitted to Judicial Magistrate Umer Awan which was later transferred to DJ South and on the request of investigation officer it was changed into final charge-sheet.
According to prosecution, the trussed-up body of 37-year-old Shaikh Amir Hasan was found on August 29 at his DHA Phase 6 flat where he was living alone. The victim was shot three bullets, two in the face and one in the head, from point blank range and the bullets pierced through his skull.
A case (FIR No 215/08) was registered against unknown culprits u/s 302/34 of the Pakistan Penal Code at Clifton police station on the complaint of the deceased’s brother Jalal Hasan.
The police traced the suspects through the deceased’s cell phone records and arrested them.
The statements of three of the witnesses in the case were recorded by the Civil Judge and Judicial Magistrate (South) last week.
Mohammed Tariq, driver of deceased Sheikh Amir, told the court that he reached the flat of the victim and saw Amir Hasan lying in a pool of blood, following which he immediately phoned his elder brother.
Waqar, a friend of accused Hamza, informed the court about how they entered into friendship with Shaikh Amir Hasan.
Another witness Raj, the neighbour of Hamza, told the court that he was doing business of cell phones along with Hamza.
It may be mentioned here that police managed to arrest the accused through the cell phone records.